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Wrist Pin Cushion Pattern

When I’m sewing I get a bit absent minded … concentrating on my creation and not where I’m putting things! Back in 2014, when I started teaching, I had to get out of the habit of holding pins in my mouth …not only was it dangerous ~ I could accidently swallow one ~ but totally unhygenic too!

I came up with this wrist pin cushion pattern, using a milk bottle top to stop the pins from pricking me!

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Jaimie Pyjama Pattern Review ~ Tilly and the Buttons

Jaimie Pyjama’s

Oh I thoroughly enjoyed sewing these Pj’s up, for quickness I made the shorts version plus it’s summer here now too. Tilly has created another fabulous sewing pattern with the Jaimie’s, coupled with her how-to video they make a wonderful starting point to introduce you into sewing. There’s been an extra size added for teens / tweens too so no excuses not to get started here!

MARICE: Height 5ft 1/2″ / Bust 38″ / Waist 32″ / Hips 41″


FABRICS: 1 meter of 100% Cotton Print (Fern)

Jaimie has 2 pattern pieces (plus the drawstring which is optional) making it a simple, quick pattern to trace off, with only a couple of notches and grainline to observe. As with all my dressmaking projects, I have pre-washed my fabrics. Cut out using a rotary cutter, it was ready to sew in no time. I hadn’t planned on any alterations, the shorts are not a close fit, they are supposed to be roomy for comfort.

Alterations : I did make a slight adjustment when it came to the waistband. The elastic I had was 1/4″ narrower than recommended, so I made my 2nd fold over at the waist, a 1/4″ less to better suit what I had.

What I would do next time?: I would add a wee tag to the inside back, or ribbon bow to the outside front, so i instantly know which way round the shorts are.

How long do they take to make?: These can easily be made up in an afternoon. I would consider myself a confident sewist. I was reading the instructions as I went along, and didn’t rush them, nor did I have any distractions, it took me 45minutes (44 to be precise!).

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Michelle by Jalie ~Pattern Review

If you’ve been into the shop asking about patterns, you’ll know that Fiona and I rave about Jalie Patterns. The simplicity of them, coupled with their extensive size range make them a firm favourite. The Michelle (#3911) is a great pattern for a Cami and Dress.

MARICE : Height 5ft 1/2″ / Bust 38″ / Waist 32″ / Hips 41″


FABRICS: Viscose fabric, Rose Border print.

I traced the 2 pattern pieces for the Cami, the front and back are identical, also the facing, again identical for front and back. Already a bonus that there are so few pieces to prepare.

My chosen fabric has a white background, so would more than likely be a bit too see-through for me, and so decided to fully line with white lining fabric. I would be cutting out using just one pattern piece to fully line, rather than use the facing piece I had also traced. Washed and dried my fabrics, gave them a quick press on a very low heat!

Before cutting out my fabrics, I had another look at the pattern finished garment sizing. Being 5ft, most things are too long for me, I held the pattern piece against me and decided to do two adjustments.

  • The neckline was okay held against me, but once the seam is sewn it would become lower, instead of shortening the straps to lift the neckline, that would be a bit of gamble, as I’m not making a practise piece, it could have a knock on effect on the underarm becoming to high. I raised the neckline by 2cm at the V and graduated back to the original pattern line about midway to end of strap.
  • Shortened the length, using the shorten/lengthen lines on the pattern, I reduced it by 2inches. I wanted good coverage for my tummy, but it not to drown me. After shortening I drew a new seam line, following on from original, then tucked the excess behind.


  • Sewing Machine: Using the lighter fabrics, I reduced my stitch length to 2, made sure I inserted a new fine needle into my machine and I used my walking foot. I moved my needle over to the right so when sewing my fabric covered the feed dogs underneath.
  • Overlocker: I overlocked the edges after I’d sewn, and not as I went along. Lowered my differential feed so the fabrics wouldn’t gather and shortened my stitch length too. (you can zigzag your edges if no overlocker)

MY TIP: To make sure the V neck is smooth and doesn’t pull in the front centre, I did not sew the V to a sharp point. I flatten the V off by sewing 2 small stitches straight across, then continue back up the neckline.

I really liked how the straps are sewn together, it was a nice straight forward garment to make. The only thing that would make it tricky is, if you are not used to sewing lightweight fabrics.

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May 2020 Newsletter

Our May 2020 newsletter has hit your inbox, full of your wonderful creations and two inspring young ladies. To view click here.

Sew Magazine are holding their annual awards, we would love it if you nominted us for the independent shop award, this year it is Best Independent Haberdashery Shop. Details HERE, Thank you xx

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Recess Zip Tutorial

A recess zip can be made and added to any bag, whether it’s lined or not.

It’s a handy technique to know, use your off cuts and bright fabrics, break out that stash of unloved zips, make loads of them. It’s great for practicing your topstitching. Either go bold with contrasting stitching or stealth with perfectly co-ordinated thread. Why not use up all you thread ends and have multi-coloured stitching.

Here’s the DOWNLOAD for the PDF tutorial to make your recess zip. If you make some please share, we’d love to see yours!

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